The modern world is teeming with data—some may even call it data overload. There is so much information, communication, and entertainment available at our fingertips, and this phenomenon is continually expanding into every corner of the globe. It’s extremely interesting to note just how much people share within the space of a minute.
Image via Flickr by philliphubs
No doubt that social media has broken every data share record in existence. In a mere 60 seconds, there are 510,000 posts to Facebook, 120,000 tweets on Twitter, and 2,083 check-ins with Foursquare. Around 293,000 people update their Facebook status each minute while another 136,000 photos are uploaded to the social media site’s Timeline.
All of this is made possible by super-fast connection speeds. As of 2011, over 77,244 Wi-Fi connections are made on the iPhone every minute, with 51,937 additional connections coming from Android. These figures are likely to be higher this year.
Image via Flickr by Moomettes
With so many images to share, the penchant for uploading photos on the internet seeps into other aspects of social media. Flickr sees about 3,500 photos uploaded every 60 seconds. That’s enough photographs to form a stack of printed photos taller than today’s average NBA player. Instagram boasts 1,350 photos uploaded and Twitter sees about 1,475 third-party photos each minute, while websites like Yelp still lag behind at only two new photos per minute.
To put some of these figures in perspective, the amount of image uploads to Facebook in 15 minutes alone would equal the total number of photographs stored in the New York public photo archives! With the arrival of the latest smartphones, such as the new T-mobile Windows phone that runs on Windows 8 and the Samsung Note 2 that runs on Android ICS, with their advanced features for image editing and sharing online, going digital is the preferred norm for images now.
Reviews, Ad Requests, and Music
Image via Flickr by RafeB
Online reviews boast less impressive figures, but Yelp still sees 20 new reviews posted every minute. That number is likely to be much higher on product purchasing websites like Amazon. Ad requests fare better, with 4,111 advertisements being clicked on Mobclix’s network. This translates to an astounding 400,710 ad requests every 60 seconds, with 140,248 of them being rich media requests. Instant music is one major perk of having a smartphone, and it’s been estimated that 2,000 lyrics are played every minute on Tunewiki. Additionally, a total of three hours’ worth of video is uploaded to Youtube from mobile devices per minute.
Downloads and More
Image via Flickr by Edmond Chung
Apps have become must-haves for today’s smartphone user, so it’s no surprise that as many as 23,148 apps are downloaded every minute from the app store. To put the download and mobile gameplay in perspective, 208,333 minutes of Angry Birds are played globally for every real-time minute.
Every 60 seconds there are 1,500 pings sent on PingMe, 34,597 people using Zinio, and 463 European mobile banking interactions.
As smartphone use, connection speed, and newer mobile services improve at lightning speed, we can expect to see a dramatic increase in mobile banking and payment options, downloads, image sharing, and social media use. With so much content and information out there, this world becomes much smaller and more connected, one minute at a time.
Shaun Chatman is a freelance writer by night and a gym trainer in the day. He lives in Dunedin, FL. Shaun spends his free time playing with his kids or his gadgets.
Do not forget to leave us a message and let us know how many times per minute do you really use social media?